India began day three on a wicket-spree note, as they wrapped up Windies’ first innings on 181 and later asked them to bat first and then picked up one wicket for 33 before heading for lunch in Rajkot.
Meanwhile, the overnight score of the visiting team was 94 for six after India posted a mammoth 649 runs on the board on day two. Prithvi Shaw, Virat Kohli, and Ravindra Jadeja were the three centurions to guide the hosts to a massive total.
However, Roston Chase and Keemo Paul started day three on a good note for the Windies. Paul struck two boundaries in the opening over of the day to bring 100 runs for the team. They went after the bowlers to score some quick runs and also added 50 runs for the seventh wicket.
However, Umesh Yadav struck for India when the partnership started to build up in quick time. Paul pulled the and Pujara took the catch at the mid-wicket area. In addition to that, Roston Chase continued to play his shots and brought his fifty runs, as Windies managed to score 150+ runs.
However, Kuldeep continued to trouble the batsmen with his flighted deliveries. After a couple of boundaries, Chase missed one which cost this wicket. Ashwin then nailed the line up without wasting much time and, as he picked up four wickets and India had taken a lead of 468 runs in the first innings.
Meanwhile, Kraig Braithwaite and Keiron Powell were looking good in the second innings added 32 runs for the second wicket.
However, Ashwin picked up the first one for India. It was a flighted delivery on the stumps, as Brathwaite got back and tried to work the ball into the on-side carefully; they say too much pampering isn’t good, as he ends up flicking it straight to the debutant Shaw.
It was a well-earned wicket for Ashwin, as he troubled Brathwaite throughout with his lovely lines, almost had him earlier in the over with a mis-hit. At lunch, the Windies were 33 for one and are trailing by 435 runs.
Brief Score: Windies 33/1 (Kieren Powell 21*; Ravichandran Ashwin 1/15)